Recommended sites for further information, and for help with ID
For information about recording schemes go to Citizen Science
General information about wildlife-friendly gardening
Wildlife Gardening With Jenny Steel
Jenny Steel is a well-known author on wildlife gardening. Her site provides concise and helpful information.
The Wildlife Gardening Forum
Not an on-line forum but a charity dedicated to furthering wildlife-friendly gardening. Their extensive website aims to provide a high quality evidence base for wildlife-friendly gardening. The Forum holds one-day conferences twice a year where organisations and individuals share information and take part in discussion. It also circulates a twice yearly e-newsletter to members, as well as summaries of conference proceedings. Membership is free.
RSPB Make a home for Wildlife
Not just about birds, this is also one of the UK’s leading sites about gardens and wildlife.
Specific information about gardening for pollinators
National Pollinator Strategy : Bees' Needs
This section of the Wildlife Trusts' website gives links to case studies, factsheets, and a list of 5 actions you can do to support pollinators. It is based on DEFRA's National Pollinator Strategy.
RHS Perfect for Pollinators Planting List
Not perfect (in my opinion) but a good place to start as many nurseries and garden centres now sell plants that bear this logo. The RHS states:
'The RHS recognises that the RHS Perfect for Pollinators plant lists do not encompass every plant that is beneficial to pollinators. The aim is to provide a well researched, yet manageable selection of readily available plants, throughout all four seasons, enabling gardeners to bring more pollinating insects into their garden, balcony or window box.'
For more information about pollinators and help with identification
iSpot is a site aimed at helping anyone identify anything in nature.
Butterflies and Moths
UK Butterflies Provides information on all of the butterfly species found in the British Isles, with ID pages
The defintive on-line identification guide to the moths of Britain and Ireland, with over a thousand pictures.
Bees (not honey bees)
Steven Falk’s page of bee images has excellent pictures, background information and links to further useful websites about bees
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Includes advice about creating bumblebee nests, and the Beewatch Scheme through which you can submit digital photos for ID.
Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS)
Through this site you can access distribution maps for wild bees and images of wild bees.
A conservation charity for wild bees, ant and wasps producing useful Information Sheets for gardeners.
Nico's Wild Bees and Wasps images by Nicolas Vereecken
Nurturing Nature George Pilkington's site contains useful articles, information and vidoes about solitary bees and bee houses: click on the 'articles' menu item and you will find lists of topics down both sides of the page.
Steven Falk’s page of hoverfly images has good background information and further links
The Hoverfly Recording Scheme site has species descriptions and distribution maps
If you live in Ireland
If you live in Northern Ireland or The Republic of Ireland the Irish Pollinator initiative website has species lists and ID help as well as links to data recording schemes for Ireland.
Go to Citizen Science for more links relating specifically to wildlife recording that you can do at home.